Michael Gerhards, 68, hit his head when he slipped and fell on ice outside his home. He was taken by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center where he was diagnosed as having a forehead laceration and right shoulder strain. He was sent home.
Over the next few weeks, he followed up with various internists at a health clinic regarding ongoing headaches, amnesia and fatigue.
Gerhards was advised to take pain medication. Three weeks after the fall, his wife found him unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital where a CT scan revealed a bilateral subdural hematoma that was causing a brain herniation. He underwent two brain surgeries.